Warriors of Fire (Google eBook)

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Trafford Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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Young firefighters were forced to become hardened veterans almost overnight when serving in New York City during the politically charged decades of the 1960's and 1970's. The day-to-day dangers we firefighters endured together produced the highest degree of bonding that one can imagine. As "family," we shared the love, and laughter, as well as the tears of each other's personal tragedies. This book also tells how we, as firefighters, shared in the anguish felt by the innocent victims and their families.

Fighting accidental fires was a tough enough job, but the embattled firefighters of our city's ghettos had to put up with the politically motivated burnings of buildings on the campuses of some of New York City's most prestigious colleges and universities in the name of civil disobedience. Add to that the rapid expansion of the drug culture, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War protests, and race riots, and you have a pretty good idea of what the New York City Fire Department was up against.

"All I can say is Wow! I love reading and I usually go in for the lighter reads, but a friend recommended this book. It held my attention from beginning to end. I will not spoil it for others, you have to read this. It will make you cry and laugh! It will certainly give you a greater appreciation for firemen all over the country. The author of this book obviously loved his job as a firefighter, and his writing seems to come right from his heart. Thank God for all you firefighters out there."

- Thomas R. Allocca from Naperville, Illinois USA (January 15th, 2004).

  

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Reading this one for Mike and Kev he transferred out of greenpoint just before the soap factory fire. Read full review

Contents

CH50 The Busiest Fire Company
203
CH51 The Unwanted Transfer And The Work Of A Sneak
211
CH52 The Bronxs Great Engine 48 18th Battalion and 7th Division
218
CH53 The Layoff Of Our New And Young Firefighters
219
CH54 Abandoned Buildings Dogs And Derelicts
222
CH55 My Close Call With A Deranged Man Wielding A Knife
227
CH56 My Brother Oh My God My Brother
230
CH57 Stoned Firefighters
235

CH9 Sefu Fat Company Building Collapse The Designated Driver
43
CH10 The Emotion Trauma And Stress Of A Young Firefighter
46
CH11 Battling Each Other
52
CH12 The Harlem Gambling Casino
56
CH13 A Happy St Pattys Day On Broadway
61
CH14 A Boy a Car and a Balcony
65
CH15 They See The Light A light To See
68
CH16 A Dangerous Passing
72
CH17 A Little Boys Second Near Brush With Tragedy
73
CH18 An Acid Experience
75
CH19 Designated Radio Active Fallout Shelter
78
CH20 Cooking With Fat
81
CH21 A Badge Of Courage With Lots Of Coverage
84
CH22 Just 15 Seconds From A Fiery Death
88
CH23 A Gruesome Emotion Filled Task
91
CH24 Explosion Fire Rescue And Moments of Terror
93
CH25 A Cat A Dog And An Unlucky Bird
100
CH26 A Bar Closes A Bell Rings And A Night Is Broken
106
CH27 Death Embraces One And Is Cheated By Many Others
110
CH29 Bowling Alley Fire
114
CH30 George Washington High School Fire
117
CH31 First Due Six Floors Fully Involved
121
CH32 The Sniper
123
CH33 The Backdraft And Engine 93
125
CH34 DOA
127
CH35 Auto Fire And A Deadly Gas
131
CH36 Speedy Gonzales The Pyromaniac
134
CH37 The Assassination Of Malcolm X
136
CH38 Embarrassing House Fire My First One
139
CH39 Operation Cornerstone And The Chimney Brick
140
CH40 Destroying The Morale Of The Good Men In Engine 67
144
CH41 A Wild And Troublesome Night
164
CH 42 The Flaming Runaway Garbage Truck
171
CH43 The Bag Lady and Lt Jim McGwinn of Rescue 3
176
CH44 A Body Search Ending In A Double Tragedy
178
CH45 The Tragic Loss Of Another Young Brother Firefighter
181
CH46 A Booby Trap With A near Tragic Ending
182
CH47 A Troublesome Feeling And The Broken Shackle
187
CH48 A Weary Crew Becomes A Wary Crew
191
CH49 The Firehouse Is Burning And Tempers Flare Up
198
CH58 Stressed Out
237
CH59 Overtime And The Adaptive Response System
239
CH60 The Dangerous Fuel Shortage Of 1974
244
CH61 The Gondola Car
251
CH62 The Webster Avenue Flood
253
CH63 The Park Avenue Rock Throwers
256
CH64 The Arson Fight
257
CH65 The Gumball Machine
258
CH66 Midnight Basketball
259
CH67 The Reflector
260
CH68 Over The Rail
263
CH69 Another Collapse
267
CH70 Taped Arson
270
CH71 Backdraft Explosion
272
CH72 Happy New Year 1975 1st Run 4th Alarm 2nd Run Wow
281
CH73 The Doompsey Dempster
285
CH74 Hugos Visit And The Foiled Attempt Of Harassment
287
CH75 Smoke In the Firehouse
289
CH76 Hes Gotta Be Kidding Lou
291
CH77 An Injured Boy A Bad Story And Mob Rule
297
CH78 An Act Of Futility And A DOA
300
CH79 A Dogs Life
302
CH80 A Mattress A Box Spring A Mob And An Arson Suspect
304
CH81 From A Call For All Hands To A Call For Dinner
307
CH82 Taking Care Of One Of Our Own
311
CH83 Who Was That Masked Man?
312
CH84 A Hostile Return And A Routine Rescue Foiled By the Ever Lurking Backdraft
317
CH85 The Freezing Harlem River Mud And The Barge Fire
328
CH86 A Grave Mistake And A Daring Leap For Survival
331
CH87 The Pier Fire And The Need For A Tow Truck
335
CH88 Trapped By Security Bars
340
CH89 A Teamwork Rescue By A Special Breed Of Firefighters
344
CH90 The Watermelon Pit Spitting Contest A Brush With Death And Little Charles
349
CH91 My Last Day Of Firefighting
356
CH92 Women In The Job
364
CH93 Territorial Gender Dispute
371
CH94 My Partner My Closest Friend A Tragic Loss
375
CH 95 Addendum The World Trade Center Tragedy of September 11 2001
381
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About the author (2003)

TOM ZAMBRANO served in some of New York City's busiest firehouses during two of the most trying decades in firefighting history. His experiences in Manhattan's fire-ravaged Harlem area and The Bronx compelled him to write this book so that the sacrifice, and humanity, of those brave men will be preserved for posterity. Mr. Zambrano is retired and living in Florida.

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